Monday, 11 July 2011
Who Cares? We Don't
Southern Cross, the provider of home care for our elderly, has announced it is to shut down. Its shares were suspended at 6.25p by the FSA - not the most diligent of government departments.
The company owns around 750 homes in the UK and will hand over control to landlords after it became unable to pay its rents. It started a four month 'financial restructuring' in March yet it has been quite obvious for some time that this company was unable to provide an acceptable standard of care for our elderly. Nobody with the power to investigate did anything about it because they relied upon the Care Commission's reports.
What happens now? The majority of their landlords are overseas investors. Their prime interested is making money, not caring about those folks who have given much of their lives to ensure that future generations can enjoy something better.
Although I understand the frustrations of a this blogger, I do wonder where we go from here in the care of those who are unable for care for themselves.
One person interviewed earlier on this evening's STV news (no video yet available) suggested that the care of the elderly should be dispersed into smaller businesses. He was so right.
It has been so easy for politicians to ignore the complaints of care home residents /friends because most, in the past, died within a year or two of being admitted to a 'home'.
Is it acceptable that we profit from the care of the older generation's physical and physical problems, which I can truthfully say can be an affront to a person's dignity ?
Since the health and well-being of those most vulnerable in our society was handed over to private enterprise on a plate, without protest, that's why we are in the situation we are now. With thousands of vulnerable older folk at the behest of those who think care is a big profit business and government support that ethos, then there's no hope for them.
I've no wish to be in a care home. I've made so many arrangements in the hope that the situation not to occur, but we never know what hand will be dealt us. Many have to rely on families who live hundreds of miles away and the accounts NHS and social services give them - regardless how unfounded it is.
Aa for those who are resident in homes owned by Southern Cross Healthcare I have nothing but sympathy. That's not enough when the UJ and Scottish government have ignored the early warnings signals for so long.